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A Game of Thrones Audiobook

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: A favorite of Audible listeners, the first book in Martin's series introduces a world of deep intrigue, dark fantasy, and varied characters. It might prove overwhelming, were it not for Roy Dotrice. With a voice so seasoned and gripping that he may have stepped from, well, a George R. R. Martin novel, Dotrice gives each character their own persona and regionality, helping to anchor the listener throughout the action and intrigue. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

©1996 George R.R. Martin, (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group,a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 1997

"Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes...He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least." (Publishers Weekly)
"The first volume in Martin's first fantasy saga combines intrigue, action, romance, and mystery in a family saga." (Booklist)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." (Chicago Sun-Times)

What Members Say

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    TATABox New Orleans, LA, US 06-24-15
    TATABox New Orleans, LA, US 06-24-15 Member Since 2014

    Interests: Ancient History, Medicine, Biology, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Classics, Politics, Social Issues, Inequality, and everything New Orleans.

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    "Fitting narrator"

    Excellent story that is well suited to an audiobook format. The narrator does voices! Downloading book 2 now

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    Rachel 06-24-15
    Rachel 06-24-15
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    "Needs a Better Narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    No, I read the book & loved the voices that I imagined for myself for each character. The Narrator's version of the characters voices is completely annoying at times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In the first book my favorite character is Dany. It best describes her rags to riches tale of duty, courage, strength & love.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Narrator's voice is too old & harsh for a lot of the character's parts that he read. Tons of female voices & he tried his best to make the younger men/boys voice a bit feminine but instead it just came out sounding creepy & awkward.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The author truly made you feel the maternal love that a mother can have for a son. The author's portrayal of Catelyn's role at Bran's bedside couldn't have been more accurate.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure how feasible it would be to have maybe 2 narrators or a narrator with a more diverse appeal to his voices when he speaks for the characters in the book. It's needed!

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    Ville 06-23-15
    Ville 06-23-15
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    "Gb wr"

    5/5 book but roy just sucks.. Him imitating drogo was the most horrible thing ever

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    Kelley McGuire 06-20-15
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    "New Review, Old Favorite"

    Well, what hasn't been written about this book yet? I'm at a loss for new words. Entertaining, fantastical, gut-wrenching! So easy to get lost in this other world. . . when you raise your head in your own life, you wonder where you are.

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    blake passmore 06-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "beautiful"

    HBO doesn't do justice to the work of the printed page. the story is deep. the characters are full of life.

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    Huynh Grand Rapids, MI 06-19-15
    Huynh Grand Rapids, MI 06-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A wonderful story filled with intrigue and suspens"
    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    This book has multiple story lines. I started listening to it only during driving. Then when I got to my destination it would be 5 minutes more, then 10 minutes more. At 20 minutes sitting in the car, I decided to take it with me. Now I'm listening at work, walking with my ear buds in. It's such a complex story. I just love it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    When the Lanistar's beheaded Edard and what is happening to Areia.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    His many voices for the characters. It's unnerving when he does the slobber and spiter's voices. I imagine they have to break to clean up after that.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Danny and CalDrogo's relationship and his death.


    Any additional comments?

    You just cannot go wrong with this. I really didn't think I'd like it and I'm glad I was very wrong. Be careful, you'll get hooked. I'm on the 2nd book now and it only gets better.

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    Luiz Armando Figueiredo Pinheiro 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing narrator"

    I feel obliged to buy every single audiobook Roy Dotrice narrates. Incredible performance, many variations that make it easy to picture the scenes. Amazing experience, I loved that this was my first audiobook

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    Mark Russell 06-18-15
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    "This man will go down in history"

    Just an epic story. Glad I got it. I'm on to clash of kings!
    I'm a fan of the show now I'm trying the books. Couldn't be happier.

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    Kimberly 06-18-15
    Kimberly 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this book!"

    Great read. I read it last year, but I wanted to reread it all before the next book comes out next year. The performance is great :)

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    Jeritt W. King 06-18-15
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    "Beautifully done"

    Great book wonderful story spectacular reading truly entertaining narration one of the best audiobooks I've ever listen to I will definitely listen to it again

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